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Rochester’s cross-disciplinary approach to teaching, learning, and research

The independent nature of the Rochester Curriculum allows students to create their own interdisciplinary majors and focus on the subjects they love, while University faculty cross the boundaries of traditional disciplines to create new perspectives and approaches to the problems they work to understand.

February 19, 2018

Science & Technology

four people standing around optical instrumentation in a lab

A laser focus on super water-repellent metals

Rochester researchers have been using lasers to change the properties of metals in incredible ways. But to make the technology commercially viable, a partnership between scholars and business will focus on making the lasers much more powerful.

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February 23, 2018
wall of speakers

Giving virtual reality a ‘visceral’ sound

Using recital halls as their “labs,” and recording some of the best music students in the world, University researchers are creating virtual reality videos of concerts that literally immerse viewers “within” the performance onstage.

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February 13, 2018
lighted glass table covered in coffee mugs

Augmented reality lets students operate a chemical plant

Coffee mugs and popsicle sticks are transformed into chemical reactors as part of an innovative teaching experiment that allows student engineers to simulate reactions in a real-life, sprawling chemical plant.

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February 13, 2018

Society & Culture

Richard Thaler

A conversation with Rochester’s latest Nobel Prize winner

Recognized by the Nobel committee for his contributions to behavioral economics—a field that he helped create—Thaler’s research bridges the gap between economics and psychology. At its core is the premise that people’s behavior tends to be human, rather than “rational.”

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February 14, 2018
photo of a spoon bearing the image of Frederick Douglass

Remembering Frederick Douglass on his 200th birthday

Like most African Americans born into slavery, Frederick Douglass was never told the date and year of his birth. He chose February 14 as the day on which to celebrate it, and in 2018 we celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth. At the University of Rochester, one of the most extensive collections of Douglass artifacts in the country can be found in Rush Rhees Library.

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February 13, 2018
canal boats on the Erie Canal carrying suffrage reenactors

Suffragist Votetilla volunteers win inaugural Community Champion Award

The “Votetilla,” a week-long floating theater of canal boats ferrying reenactors of key suffragists such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton along the Eric Canal, was a multi-agency creative partnership that included the Susan B. Anthony Center (SBAC).

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January 29, 2018

The Arts

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Artist Walid Raad to discuss war, art, and memory

Conceptual artist Walid Raad ’96 (PhD), an associate professor of art at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, will be the third speaker in the Humanities Center’s annual public lecture series, devoted this year to the theme of memory and forgetting.

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January 19, 2018
man standing in front of two pieces of art work

A stitcher’s story

Randall Cook, building and project manager for River Campus Libraries, turned a hobby used to relieve the stress of his previous job as a software engineering into the art quilts featured in the Memorial Art Gallery’s “Hidden Passions” series.

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January 8, 2018
man breakdancing in front of a crowd

‘You can dance if you want to:’ Five things you might not know about dance at Rochester

Did you know you can major in dance? Or take a course in dance even if you’ve never danced before? As the annual inspireDance Festival gears up later this month, learn more about how dance and Rochester go hand in hand.

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January 8, 2018

In Photos

student cast of We Don't Live on Mars Yet on stage

We Don’t Live on Mars Yet

February 23, 2018

Cast members from the upcoming International Theatre Program production of We Don’t Live on Mars Yet, from left, Zhongyi Zuo ’20, Ashley Figueira ’21, Marc Laroussini ’18, Samantha Richardson ’19, Matalin Collins ’19, Roisin Flanagan ’19. The experimental show focusing on issues of immigration, refugees, and the meaning of “home” opens on Thursday, March 1. (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)

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Student Life

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Students from Puerto Rican colleges enjoying guest semester in Rochester

Hurricane Maria crippled Puerto Rico last September, leaving hundreds dead and more than a million homes without power. Providing a guest semester to first- and second-year undergraduates unable to attend their damaged home colleges is a way for the University to help them keep their academic programs on track.

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February 19, 2018
four students huddled around two laptops

The Rochester Curriculum: Creating their own majors

Urban studies, neuroeconomics and international relations, and digital communications: these are just some of the interdisciplinary majors students have crafted by availing themselves to the independent nature of the Rochester Curriculum.

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February 15, 2018
Bill Green and William Slattery

The Rochester Curriculum: ‘How come nobody else is doing this?’

Twenty-five years ago, the chairs of the religion and physics departments united in a common goal: To rid the undergraduate curriculum of mandatory courses students didn’t want to take, and give students the freedom to delve more deeply into the subjects they loved.

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February 15, 2018

Voices & Opinion

The lighted National Debt Clock sign reads $14 trillion

Concerns build about growing national debt

In the wake of the Trump administration’s $4.4 trillion federal budget proposal last week, Rochester political scientist and author David Primo says he’s worried about the long-term effects of the growing national debt.

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February 19, 2018
John Cullen

John Cullen on current two-year study of domestic violence reporting

Researchers at the University of Rochester have now teamed up to study and improve technology that can show a bruising much faster on victims of domestic violence.

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February 14, 2018
clock with the minute hand set to two minutes to midnight

Scientists discuss nuclear and climate threats to humankind

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists recently moved the Doomsday Clock’s minute hand to two minutes to midnight, the closest it’s come to midnight since the Cold War. Tom Weber, professor of Earth and environmental sciences, discusses the clock and its underpinnings.

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February 8, 2018

University News

University announces tuition, financial aid increases for 2018-19

Tuition for University of Rochester undergraduates in the College will increase by 3.7 percent to $52,974 for the 2018-19 academic year, and financial aid will rise 5.7 percent over the current year to $137 million. Room and board will increase 3.5 percent to $15,862. Tuition for the Eastman School of Music will also increase by 3.7 percent to $53,340.

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February 25, 2018
group portrait of Diversity Award winners

Two honored for commitment to diversity

Molly Murdock, an advocate for gender equity in music performance and scholarship, and Jonathan Wetherbee, cochair of the University’s Pride Alliance, have each received the 2018 Presidential Diversity Award.

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February 23, 2018
student with professor in the lab

New award recognizes teaching and research mentorship

Frederick Lewis ’68 (PhD) was surrounded by mentors while working toward his doctorate in organic chemistry. A new award funded by Lewis and his wife Susan Rice Lewis will recognize faculty who excel as both teachers and mentors.

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February 23, 2018